Blood Meridian Humor

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  • 15 Jun 2014 at 5:55 pm #5516

    jasonp
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    Whenever I read reviews about Blood Meridian, I see non-stop comments about its level of violence. “It’s the most violent book I’ve ever read.” is the mantra.

    You never see anyone say it’s a funny book. But it is at times. Like how Toadvine and the kid meet. Or when the judge gets the Reverend Green shot at. Or when Glanton is in one of his crazy spells. Or the idiot in his cage eating a turd.

    I don’t know… At least I personally think Blood Meridian is at times quirky-funny.


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    15 Jun 2014 at 9:28 pm #5517

    Rick Wallach
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    And don’t forget when the judge bullshits circles around Lt. Couts after Black Jackson blows Owens the tavernkeeper’s head off.

    Or “Piss for your very souls!”

    I find it an often hilarious book.


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    15 Jun 2014 at 10:22 pm #5518

    Glass
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    “Suck on ye own shirt, he said.” (The kid to Sproule)


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    16 Jun 2014 at 5:56 am #5520

    jasonp
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    heh heh

    “He wears on his head a hat he’s made from leaves and they have dried and cracked in the sun and he looks like a raggedyman wandered from some garden where he’d used to frighten birds.”


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    08 Jul 2014 at 8:15 pm #5595

    Glass
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    11 Jul 2014 at 3:42 am #5627

    JMP
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    Sproule: “I came out here for my health”


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    23 Sep 2014 at 7:51 am #5911

    4ofCups
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    “Ain’t that the drizzlin shits.”
    “You learn to whisper in a saw mill?”
    Cracks me up every time…


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    29 May 2015 at 11:44 pm #7164

    mdash325
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    The book has a lot of humor in it. Sometimes black humor. One scene that always makes me laugh is when they find the men in the presidio & there’s a snakebit animal. Irving says to the men they found there:
    Why don’t you shoot that thing?
    Sooner it dies the sooner it’ll rot, they said.
    Irving spat. You aim to eat it and it snakebit?
    They looked at one another. They didn’t know.


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    31 May 2015 at 6:31 am #7168

    kottage
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    More black humor. “Almighty God [prayed Hayward], if it aint too far out of things in your eternal plan do you reckon we could have a little rain down here….Within the hour the wind cooled and drops of rain the size of grapeshot fell upon them out of that wild darkness” (47-48). Then three pages later comes that incredible Comanche attack that kills almost all of them.


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    04 Jun 2015 at 7:56 pm #7201

    westonS
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    Have you seen a mule…..

    Somethin come down the road about a hour back. I think it went down the river yonder. It might of been a mule. It didnt have no tail nor hair to speak of but it did have long ears.

    I seen him first, said Toadvine.
    Seen who first.
    You know who. Old Brassteeth yonder.
    The kid looked after the sauntering figure.
    My biggest worry is that something will happen to him. I pray daily for the Lord to watch over him.

    there is no end to the humor in BM….


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